Tanya Williams

Tanya Williams is a context artist with a passion for dancing with complex systems… in community, on the land, and in the body. She has been facilitating contact improvisation for 19 years, along with physical theatre (including having trained with Augusto Boal & David Diamond and facilitated Forum & Playback Theatre), ensemble improvisation, and authentic movement. She studied Alexander Technique movement education for many years and enjoys developing new ways to draw on all these forms to enrich contact improvisation She is an artistic associate with the MT Space (Multi-cultural Theatre Space) and founder of the Ontario Regional Contact Jam, Friends of the Floor Dance-Theatre and The Living Room Context 24/7 learning community exploring what it means to embody a systems understanding and an experience of flow in everyday life.

Contact, Consent and Conscious Parenting 
(Co-teaching w/ Vivek Patel)

The essential question of this class is, “How we can embody the principles of Contact Improv in our Parenting Paradigm?” As a group we will explore what these principles are. For example: -deep listening to self and other -actively listening for, expressing and respecting consent of self and other -Co-exploring with no leader or follower We will explore what it feels like to dance with these qualities deeply present, as well as how it feels when they’re noticeably absent. We will map that exploration onto a child’s experience and perspective. How might similar situations feel from their point of view? This leads to questions such as: -How can I honour my child’s consent? -How can I set safety, well-being and health limits non-coercively? -How can I tune into and honour my own consent on deeper levels? -What does it mean to have a deeply collaborative relationship with my children? These are such exciting questions and are on the edge of Conscious Parenting. Exploring/Expressing ideas and feelings with our bodies in movement adds a layer of embodiment that is integrating. This is why we will be working with discussion and physical exploration/conversation.

How can we Embody a Conscious Parenting Paradigm in every day life?

(Co-teaching w/ Vivek Patel)

In the first workshop we focused on feelings and philosophy.  In order to be sustainable the concepts have to work in everyday life. When we discuss forming a collaborative and non-coercive relationship with our children reasonable questions come up: -What about teaching them to handle money? -What about teaching them to eat healthy and care for their body? -Or teaching them to be kind and respectful? -How do we deal with conflict? -How do we help them develop a healthy relationship with themselves at the same time? We will spend time in dicussion exploring conscious parenting strategies in different situations. To add an embodiment component we will do role plays in small groups exploring different ways to handle common challenging moments. At least one observer present in each group. Small group discussion that will focus on what were the feelings involved and what effect dd that have. Come back to share in large group. There is much richness available when we put philosophy into action and then process together.